Rahul falls short

Seed­har’s four wicket haul fails to win match

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports | Local - BY DUN OKINYO @okiny­o_­dun

Six­teen-year-old Rahul Seed­har pro­duced a four-wicket haul but the per­for­mance hardly made a dif­fer­ence as Kenya “A” suc­cumbed to their fifth straight loss in the Uganda Quad­ran­gu­lar se­ries at Lu­gogo Oval.

The Pe­poni School cricket cap­tain pro­duced a 4 for 65 spell of 10 overs to help Kenya bowl out Zim­babwe side Takashinga for 250.

But an­other dis­ap­point­ing bat­ting show steered Takashinga to a 95 runs win.

Zim­babwe in­ter­na­tional spin­ner Tafadzwa Ka­mungozi’s four wick­ets helped his side bowl out Kenya “A” for 155 with 19 balls to play.

Af­ter win­ning the toss, Takashinga had a poor start los­ing three wick­ets in­side 26 first balls be­fore the mid­dle and lower or­der stead­ied the ship to the over 200 mark with some cru­cial part­ner­ships.

Bundi and Martin Mwo­ria had given Kenyan a good start with the wick­ets of In­no­cent Kaia ( 6 ), Fos­ter Mu­tizwa ( 2 ) and Tym­cen Maruma ( 0 ) to bring jit­ters to Takashinga’s dress­ing room.

Ti­nashe Kan­hukamwe and Kunje added 46 for the fourth wicket be­fore Seed­har dis­missed Kan­hukamwe for 46.

Seed­har got his sec­ond im­me­di­ately when he bowled Roy Kaia and then added both We­stone and Welling­ton Masakdza on his wick­ets list af­ter their side had re­cov­ered.

Abra­ham Vadada was Kenya’s top scorer with 30 off 45 balls be­fore he fell to Ka­mungozi.

Kavi Dosaja, who was sec­ond best with the bat for the Kenyan side with 24, was also a vic­tim of Ka­mungozi’s leg break.

Oth­ers to fall to Ka­mungozi were Aveet Desai ( 13 ) and Seed­har ( 3 ).

Opener Karan Pa­tel was back in the pavil­ion af­ter seven balls of the chase for a golden duck be­fore Gan- di fol­lowed five overs later with the board on 24. Desai and Vadada held up the in­ning for eight overs be­fore Ka­mungozi dis­missed Desai with Kenya “A” on 42.

Seed­har was the next wicket to fall 15 balls later.

Vadada stuck on for a while with a hope that he will an­chor the in­nings and prob­a­bly lead Kenya to their first win of the se­ries.

How­ever his 44 balls re­sis­tance that in­cluded a six and three bound- aries was fi­nally brought to an end when he was caught in the 24th over. Dosaja and Em­manuel Bundi tried to get Kenya closer af­ter Vadada’s dis­missal but that lasted only six overs, yield­ing 15 runs be­fore Dosaja was caught.

Push­pak Kerai ( 12 ) and Adarsh Saw­jani ( 15 ) tried to get Kenya “A” nearer the tar­get but the Zimb­weans had done al­most ev­ery­thing to win the match and they com­pleted the win with 19 balls to play.

COURTESY

Em­manuel Bundi in ac­tion.

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